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Anthropology : Web Sources

Anthropology at Dickinson

Anthropology Professional Organizations

Websites

Criteria for Evaluating Websites

Accuracy

  • Make sure author provides e-mail or a contact address/phone number.
  • Know the distinction between author and Webmaster.

Authority

  • What credentials are listed for the authors)?
  • Where is the document published? Check URL domain.

Objectivity

  • Determine if page is a mask for advertising; if so information might be biased.
  • View any Web page as you would an infommercial on television. Ask yourself: why was this written and for whom?

Currency

  • How many dead links are on the page?
  • Are the links current or updated regularly?
  • Is the information on the page outdated?

Coverage

  • If page requires special software to view the information, how much are you missing if you don't have the software?
  • Is it free or is there a fee to obtain the information?
  • Is there an option for text only, or frames, or a suggested browser for better viewing?

Source: Cornell University Library